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cham·ois

 (shăm′wä′, shăm′wä′, shăm′ē)
n. pl. cham·ois (shăm′wä′, shăm′wä′, shăm′ēz)
1. Either of two species of agile goat antelopes (Rupicapra rupicapra or R. pyrenaica) of mountainous regions of Europe and western Asia, having upright horns with backward-hooked tips.
2. (shăm′ē) also cham·my or sham·my pl. cham·mies
a. A soft leather made from the hide of these antelopes or of other animals such as deer or sheep.
b. A piece of such leather or of a fabric or material made to resemble it, used as a polishing or drying cloth or in shirts.
3. (shăm′wä′, shăm′wä′, shăm′ē) A moderate to grayish yellow.

[French, from Middle French, from Old French, from Late Latin camōx, of pre-Roman Alpine origin and perhaps ultimately from Celtic *kambo-, crooked (in reference to the hooked horns of the chamois; compare Old Irish and Middle Welsh camm, crooked).]
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chamois

(ˈʃæmɪ; French ʃamwa)
n, pl -ois
1. (Animals) a sure-footed goat antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, inhabiting mountains of Europe and SW Asia, having vertical horns with backward-pointing tips
2. (Animals) a soft suede leather formerly made from the hide of this animal, now obtained from the skins of sheep and goats
3. (Tanning) Also called: chamois leather, shammy, shammy leather, chammy or chammy leather a piece of such leather or similar material used for polishing, etc
4. (Colours)
a. a yellow to greyish-yellow colour
b. (as modifier): a chamois stamp.
vb (tr)
5. (Tanning) to dress (leather or skin) like chamois
6. to polish with a chamois
[C16: from Old French, from Late Latin camox of uncertain origin]
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cham•ois

(ˈʃæm i; for 1 also ʃæmˈwɑ)

n., pl. cham•ois, cham•oix (ˈʃæm iz; for 1 also ʃæmˈwɑ) n.
1. an agile goat antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, of high mountains of Europe.
2. a soft, pliable leather from any of various skins dressed with oil.
3. a piece of this leather.
4. a cotton cloth simulating this leather.
v.t.
5. to dress (a pelt) to produce chamois.
6. to rub or buff with a chamois.
Also, chammy , shammy (for defs. 2–4, 6, 7).
[1525–35; < Middle French < Late Latin camox]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chamois - a soft suede leather formerly from the skin of the chamois antelope but now from sheepskinchamois - a soft suede leather formerly from the skin of the chamois antelope but now from sheepskin
leather - an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
wash leather - piece of chamois used for cleaning and polishing
2.chamois - hoofed mammal of mountains of Eurasia having upright horns with backward-hooked tipschamois - hoofed mammal of mountains of Eurasia having upright horns with backward-hooked tips
goat antelope - bovid related to goats but having antelope-like features: mountain goats; gorals; serows; chamois; gnu goats
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Translations
جِلْدُ ظَبْيِ الجِبالظَبْيُ الجِبال
jelenicekamzíksemiš
gemsevaskeskind
ĉamo
gemssisäämiskä
zerge
gemsavaskaskinn
gemzėzomša
kalnu kazazamšāda
jelenicakamzík
gams
gems
dağ keçisigüderi

chamois

N
1. [ˈʃæmwɑː] (Zool) → gamuza f
2. [ˈʃæmɪ] (also chamois leather) → gamuza f
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chamois

[ˈʃæmi ˈʃæmwɑː] nchamois mchamois leather npeau f de chamois
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chamois

n
(= leather)Gamsleder nt; a chamois (leather)ein Ledertuch nt, → ein Fensterleder nt
(Zool) → Gämse f
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chamois

[ˈʃæmwɑː] n (Zool) → camoscio
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chamois

(ˈʃӕmwaː) , ((American) ˈʃami) plural ˈchamois noun
1. a small antelope living in mountainous country.
2. (also shammy (ˈʃӕmi) plural ˈshammies) (a piece of) soft washing leather originally made from its skin.
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References in classic literature ?
This was, that the lauded chamois is not a wild goat; that it is not a horned animal; that it is not shy; that it does not avoid human society; and that there is no peril in hunting it.
"And I have been about among the hills for the past week; I got a sight of a chamois, and I have the chamois there," he said, pointing to the top of the crag; "it is at your service!
He lives on the sea, as prairie cocks in the prairie; he hides among the waves, he climbs them as chamois hunters climb the Alps.
In Switzerland he had killed chamois. In England he had galloped in a red coat over hedges and killed two hundred pheasants for a bet.
This is a dance over stock and stone: I am the hunter,--wilt thou be my hound, or my chamois anon?
Just at this moment there came in at the gate of the inn a man entirely clad in chamois leather, hose, breeches, and doublet, who said in a loud voice, "Senor host, have you room?
A frightful little skeleton of a woman hung in a cupboard, behind a glazed door, with this cynical inscription placed above the skull: "Behold the scaffolding on which beauty is built!" In a corresponding cupboard, with the door wide open, there hung in loose folds a shirt (as I took it to be) of chamois leather.
"Yes," said the pushmi-pullyu--"to the Abyssinian Gazelles and the Asiatic Chamois --on my mother's side.
When my father returned from Milan, he found playing with me in the hall of our villa a child fairer than pictured cherub --a creature who seemed to shed radiance from her looks and whose form and motions were lighter than the chamois of the hills.
These animals, though wild and agile as chamois, were too much like domestic goats, and Franz could not consider them as game.
In its habits it resembles the goat, frequenting the rudest precipices; cropping the herbage from their edges; and like the chamois, bounding lightly and securely among dizzy heights, where the hunter dares not venture.
With such a weapon a marksman would find no difficulty in lodging a bullet in the eye of a chamois at the distance of two thousand paces.